Cro Cop returning to the UFC?
I read a report yesterday (dont have the source, it was on another website) that Mirko Cro Cop was returning to the UFC next winter of 08 to finish his contract to the UFC... and that he has joined DREAM because he prefers to fight in Japan and thinks fighting there will help get him back on track..
He also commented on what people have said about him on the internet and Cro Cop ensures that he is not hiding from the UFC and has plans on returning to finish his contract and still making an impact inside the octagon.
The post I read supplied a source which I did not copy (sorry) and im sure it was genuine as everybody who replied seemed to agree with the TS... im just wondering what your thoughts are on this and if anybody else has read this report or has heard any news on the subject.
Thanks, and once again sorry about not having the source.
EDIT NOTE: After reading the forum rules I went and got the link, found it on google rather easily... I also realized that this news isnt exactly recent.. so I apologize if this has already been discussed.
MMA sanctioning proposal set to move forward in MD Senate
Efforts to get mixed martial arts sanctioned in Maryland appear on track after a senate committee showed no signs of opposition yesterday to a bill that would give the state athletic commission regulatory power over the sport.
The committee on education, health and environmental affairs likely will decide by Friday whether to forward the bill to a vote by the entire state senate, said sponsor Joan Carter Conway, a Baltimore Democrat.
But no one spoke against the legislation at yesterday's hearing in Annapolis. Senators posed only a few questions about safety regulations.
Conway said Maryland is losing out because the sport is sanctioned in Washington and in such nearby states as Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
"We're sitting in the middle of our region, where all of our dollars are going elsewhere," she said.
The MMA News Report 02.27.08
When (and who) will Marcus Davis and Sokoudjou be fighting next? Was Fightlinker’s guerilla-email campaign successful? And what are my thoughts on Strikeforce and MFC? Plus, 8 questions to be answered at UFC 82!
Paul Daley retiring!!!
"This is for the fighters, fans, promoters and trolls alike.
As of now i will be stepping down as Cage Rage Champion (British and world), FX-3 Champion and KOTR champion. I vacate all these titles. Futher more i consider my self retired (from all MMA/Thai boxing) as of March 29th. March 29th i will fullfill my contracted commitment for Pro Elite, against a yet un named opponent.
No speculation, No futher annonucments, once i’ve found the path i originally set out on in the Martial Arts, i may return to this SPORT, Maybe 6months-Maybe 6 years, who knows.
Who will be the next welterweight CRC champ. FX-3 champ????…
What!? He's only 25 years old and is a great prospect.....I can't believe this.
UFC® Announces UFC® FIGHT NIGHT Sold Out- Also Now A 3 Hour Event!
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES FIGHT NIGHT IS SOLD OUT;
SPIKE TV TO EXPAND SHOW TO THREE HOURS
Las Vegas, NV (USA)
– The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced that UFC® Fight Night™ – the event marking UFC’s long-awaited return to Colorado, the state where UFC debuted more than 15 years ago – is officially sold out. The UFC and Spike TV also announced the April 2 card will expand to three hours, the first time in three years for a UFC Fight Night, because of the stacked card and lineup of prominent fighters I knew that bringing the UFC back to the state of Colorado would be big,” said Dana White, UFC President. “But thanks to our fight fans in Broomfield and Denver and all across Colorado, this is going to be one of our best UFC Fight Night events ever. Not only is it going to air as a three-hour special on Spike TV, it will also be a house packed with UFC fans ready for great fights. I’m looking forward to April 2, and can’t wait to bring this great fight card to Mile High City.”
“We are pleased to be the site of this major sporting event and know that the Colorado fight fans are in for a great time,” said Gene Felling, Executive Vice President of Broomfield Sports and Entertainment and General Manager of Broomfield Event Center.
The Road Back
August 25 is a day that Josh Koscheck would like to forget.
Four months earlier at UFC 69, Kos dominated the once-darling of the welterweight division, Diego Sanchez, to firmly establish himself among the 170-lb elite. He used his world-class wrestling skills to keep the fight on the feet and relied on his rapidly improving standup to pick apart the former TUF winner.
UFC® AND JOE HAND PROMOTIONS EXTEND AGREEMENT
Joe Hand Promotions Remains Exclusive Distributor of UFC® Events on Closed Circuit TV/Pay-Per-View for all Commercial Establishments
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. and Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced a multi-year extension of their closed circuit television/pay per view agreement. The deal maintains Joe Hand Promotions as the exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for the UFC, the premiere brand in the sport of mixed martial arts, through 2009.
Ray Sefo Turns Down Fight with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
K-1 fighter Ray Sefo (1-0) turned down an offer to fight former UFC heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at next month’s DREAM show in Japan.
The report also confirmed that Sefo, as well as super-heavyweight Jan Nortje (who defeated Bob Sapp in the main event of this past weekend’s “Strikeforce at the Dome” show), have both joined Xtreme Couture’s fight team.
Sefo turned downed the fight because he would have had just weeks to prepare for it.
Sefo, 37, owns a mere 1-0 professional MMA record after defeating Min Soo Kim with a second-round KO at a 2005 K-1 HERO’S show. However, the New Zealand native is most noted as a kickboxer (53-17-1 record) and a five-time Muay Thai world champ.
note i highlighted the reason he didnt take the fight, just becuase i know people would start talking smack and whatnot, if you dont know who ray sefo is, watch his fight in K1 against mark hunt, or against jerome lebanner.
New Arlovski Article
this puts no doubt in my mind that arlovski is going to win, in fact arlovski is the slightly bigger of the 2 being 6'4 240 o'brian being 6'3 240, and we all know arlovski is the stronger more muscular of the 2 so look for arlovski to be pushing the pace, sprawling, brawling, looking for a new contract and a future in the UFC as motivation for an exciting fight, how is this not on the main card?
does anyone know how i can watch this fight live?
Joe Riggs to Undergo Procedure For Back
Sounds ugly, but docs say only a week till he can be back in the gym (he's taking 2 weeks off, instead). Hope Riggs & his docs know what they are doing, going back into the cage...
-Really- hope this story doesnt end tragically.
4 FIGHTS ANNOUNCED FOR LW GRAND PRIX !!!!!!!!
According to the Dream official site:
Four fights have been announced for the lightweight tournament:
Gesias Calvancanti Vs. Shinya Aoki
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Black Mamba
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis Buscape
Koutetsu Boku vs. Joachim Hansen
The remaining fighters in the tournament are:
and I believe two more participants that have not been named yet.
I just cant wait for this to happen
UFC 85: Mike Swick vs. Marcus Davis (Exclusive
Exciting welterweights Mike Swick and Marcus Davis will likely throw leather at UFC 85 in London, England, at the O2 Arena on Saturday, June 7, MMAmania.com learned earlier this afternoon.
Swick and Davis have competed on different seasons of the mixed martial arts reality series, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which airs on the SpikeTV network. And both fighters have achieved impressive results inside the Octagon since their respective seasons have wrapped.
In fact, Davis has reeled off 11 straight wins since his loss to Melvin Guillard via technical knockout (cut) back in 2005. He has won his last four contests, stopping each of those opponents with a mix of submissions and knockouts.
This will mark the third straight fight for the “Irish Hand Grenade” overseas — he most recently knocked out Jess Liaudin in the first round at UFC 80: “Rapid Fire” on January 19.
Evan Tanner – MMA’s Maverick is Back
Evan Tanner’s boat had sunk – literally. A former UFC middleweight champion and one of the organization’s most popular fighters ever since he made his debut in the Octagon at UFC 18 back in 1999, Tanner had been out of action since an April 2006 win over Justin Levens, and by late 2007, his life was careening out of control, a journey he documented on the internet.
In September of last year though, he got the sign he needed that the way he was living wasn’t productive and that he needed to make a change. It was a painful sign, as the 1939 sailboat he owned proved to be far from seaworthy, and it sunk in Mission Bay in California.
MMA Expo ~ Toronto - Mark your calendar
I got this email today. I thought I would post the information here.
June 21 & 22, 2008
MMA Expo returns to Toronto ~ June 21 & 22, 2008 ~ International Centre
[across from Pearson International Airport ]
If you’re an MMA fighter or fight fan, a traditional martial artist, or you’re
thinking about taking up martial arts, MMA Expo is YOUR show!
Experienced Martial Artists
Regardless of your skill level - junior to senior - we promise another year of
outstanding hands-on seminars from the masters of Mixed and Traditional
Martial Arts. From striking and take-downs to grappling and submissions,
martial artists of all levels have a blast at MMA Expo training with some of
the top instructors in the business. Check out these testimonials –
Reserve your On-the-Mat Seminar Spot Today
Over 1,000 have taken the MMA Expo seminars so far but space is limited.
We've reduced the mat area by almost 50% to make room for other activities.
Don’t miss out. Submit your Advance Registration Form today -
General Admission – Only $12
Yup…only $12 including taxes…and there’s a TON of stuff to see and do.
Self-Defense • Traditional Martial Arts • Gear • Fitness
Nutrition • Tournaments • MMA Training • MMA Celebrities
Novices: participate in FREE Martial Arts 101 sessions. Tell your friends!
Volunteer at the Show
Get a 1-day Training Pass in exchange for helping out on site. Have fun.
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We would REALLY appreciate your help in promoting MMA Expo. Please take
a moment now to forward this e-mail to all your friends and MA enthusiasts.
Also please consider including the MMA Expo link in your blogs and website.
Exhibitors – Reserve your Space
Much of the show floor is dedicated to seminars and tournaments.
Space is limited. And Early Booking Discounts expire March 15 -
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Gary Goodridge "Kimbo Slice is a 2008 version of Mr. T"
Gary Goodridge appeared on Fight Network Radio and had some unpleasant things to say about Kimbo Slice and also indicated that he would be more than willing to fight Kimbo:
“‘Kimbo Slice’ is a 2008 version of ‘Mr. T,’” Goodridge told Fight Network Radio. “Was ‘Mr. T’ tough back then? No. Could he beat anybody back then? No, but he had the words, he had the lyrics, and he had the gold.”
“Don’t come out telling people that you’re ‘Street Certified,’ that you can walk on the streets and punch out anybody, any man … you’re not afraid of nobody,” Goodridge said. “Man, I know people that will put him down and spank his ass.”